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Ashby school criticised for lack of pupil progression

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 09, 2014

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TEACHERS at an Ashby school have come under criticism from Ofsted in a latest inspection report.

Woodcote Primary School in Willowbrooke Close saw its previous ‘good’ rating downgraded to ‘requires improvement’ following an inspection on April 8 and 9.

Inspectors said in the report that not enough is currently being done by staff to make sure the most-able pupils are progressing, while the work set out is often too easy for some but too hard for others. It also said that the feedback given on marked work did not give pupils enough indications and advice on where improvements could be made

The report stated: “Inspection evidence, including reviews of pupils’ work, shows that teachers’ expectations of the progress pupils should make are not consistently high enough, and this slows their rates of progess, particularly that of more-able pupils.

“Pupils are not given enough opportunity to extend their writing skills, and weaknesses in their calculation skills limit their ability to solve problems in mathematics.”

It also added that there was too much reliance on the head teacher to lead initiatives, with too fewer staff willing to take on leadership roles. It stated: “As a result, school improvement is not as rapid as it should be.”

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